During five summers from 1957 to 1961, the five-member Barstow family of Wethersfield, Connecticut, set out to visit all 48 of the then United States of America on a series of month-long camping trips. Part II showcases "America's Wonderlands" with 18 National Parks and other exciting attractions in the great Northwest and Southwest. (75 Minutes)
January 25, 2016 Subject:
Still working on it!
Amazed as I watched that the Barstow adventure how closely it mirrored our family's travel plans when we went west about 10 years after they did. I really took the films to heart as I recognized some of the places they were. With our family, we had a pop-up camper being towed by a beast of a station wagon.
My dad's gone now and the Barstow films seem to have filled a gap that we never photographed or filmed. The films also fueled my desire to finish what my dad started with us and pick up a vintage pop-up camper I restored and finish our tour of the states with my kids and grandchildren so many years later.
I had e-mailed Danny last year to share with him some of the places we had visited in common as children and just wanted to update...
We'll be embarking on our adventure to complete what dad started this spring of 2016, following most of Robbin's route and will be boasting a "Barstow" bumper sticker on the old Dodge in appreciation of the films!
Thankyou so much for sharing!!!
December 21, 2008 Subject:
There's so much to say about this. For one, it shows a little of what kind of society the US was: much simpler and more family related. I used to wish that I lived during that era when I was younger.
I also realize that these kinds of family portrayals were not just exaggerations that I saw on old TV programs. That era was truly different but I think that came to an end in the mid 60s when society began disintegrating and the family structure split apart. It is a little sad to see that.